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WILSON1926
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5/19/12 6:30 P

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Good Afternoon Pumpers.....
I'm glad I found this group. I'm a 63 year old man on an insulin pump Medtronic Revel 723). I was initially diagnosed about 18 years ago with Type2, was on pills and injections and my pancreas just got pooped out so after years of nagging by the greatest Endo in the world (lol), she finally convinced me to go on the pump. I cannot explain what a difference it has made in my life. I wish I would have done it years ago but I hated the thought of wearing it 24/7 for the rest of my life. But now I feel so much better and have the strength and desire to do things. I don't have a weight problem except for 5-10 pounds but I use sparks for the encouragement and exercise tracking part.

Anyway, I won't bore you with anything further but wanted to introduce myself to the group.

Take care
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Hi Pumpers! I just found this team and thought maybe it was a good place for me to be. I am 69 and have DM2 which was diagnosed in 2000. I went on the pump (Medtronic MiniMed) about 3 years ago and did fabulous for the first 2 1/2 years. My A1c was 6.2 in the early days. Then I got fed up (no pun intended) and started eating pretty much what I wanted. That had an effect not only on my weight, but also on my A1c which is 8.4 at last reading a month ago.

I've already learned from reading the posts that it is important to have a backup plan for when (not if) the pump fails for whatever reason. I noticed some of you have cycled through 2 or 3 pumps and wondered just how long the Medtronic lasts. No problems now but curious about that.

I'm hoping being on this team will give me a place to get info, support and encouragement from other pumpers. I also have a 'whine streak' that hasn't had any place to be heard so I'm glad that is also allowed here.

vicki

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Greetings,sugar babies! I'm a 57 year old Type 1.5 diabetic (hate making a choice, apparently) on a Medtronic Paradigm pump. I have no peers and no support and that's challenging! After a long period of depression and inactivity, I started hiking, then jogging. I;m interested in endurance running and am up to the double digit long slow runs. Tomorrow I will run 13 miles.

I'm still working out the kinks around keeping the blood sugar level on long runs. So far I've been a science experiment of one. I run alone but not by preference; just don't have and haven't found a running buddy or buddies yet.

I'm grateful to connect with fellow pumpers and I would be thrilled if any of you are distance runners interested in solving the challenges that presents. Found this team with a search and joined before even reading more than this post.

Here's to beautiful and empowering friendships!

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ALWAYS_KAT
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2/14/12 8:42 P

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Hellow everyone! I am a 53 year old person with type 1.5 diabetes. Frustrated with 6 shots a day, I tried an insulin pump. Developed an allergy to the tubing. Finally discovered the Omnipod. Day 5 and so far so good. My goals are to improve my overall health and get control over my diabetes. I am looking forward to getting to know each of you along this journey.


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Hello, everyone! I am so happy to find this group! I work full time, have a husband, two daughters in elementary school, and two dogs.

I was diagnosed with diabetes 13 years ago though I suspected I had it many years before. The doctors can't decide if I am a type I or type II. I started on the minimed pump a year ago. My weight has been on a roller coaster ride since then. I gained weight at first, then lost when I started taking symlin, and have recently gained weight again. My most recent a1c was 8.2 up from 6.2 six months prior. I go through cycles with my sugar control. I work hard and keep it in line for months and then I get burned out or lazy and don't. I really need to be consistent and really need to have a healthier lifestyle!

Thanks for letting me join in!

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GAYASFRIEND
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8/12/10 2:09 P

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Hello all,

I joined last week to keep my friend Gaya company. Also because I'd like to loose some weight and be more motivated to exercise.

I've been type 1 for 40 years, the last ten of those pumping. I've just started to use an Animas 2020, and don't like it as much as my old Cozmo 1800 :-( - although it does sit better against my body, and has an integral clip!




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STACYNOE
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5/27/10 5:47 P

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Hello all!
I am not really new to Spark as I joined a few years back to use their tools for carb counting but not weight loss.
I too am a Type I pump user. I have been diabetic for 21 years and have been using minimed pumps for more 15 years.
I live in California and have a wonderful hubby and have two college aged daughters still living at home.
My mom died a few years back and after that the weight just seemed to pack on. Then comes more insulin then comes more weight then back to adjusting the insulin again. Welp, I am done! I am trying to find every way I can to reduce my insulin use and hoping I will see results on the scale. I already follow a regular exercise program but just don't see any downward movement on my scale.
Love the post here so far and thought I would join you. Too funny! not in 15 years has my pump fallen in the toilet. But once while wearing a cocktail/evening dress and hiding my pump in a garter, it came loose and fell to the floor (did I mention Iam short) right between my legs. Anyone who didn't know I wore a pump sure found out that night!
So glad to have found you all!



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REDHEADMOM2
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2/25/10 11:23 P

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My name is Becky. i am 34 yrs old and Type 1 diabetic. I was diagnosed at age 23. I am currently using the Paradigm 722 pump. My A1C levels suck! Last week's visit was 10. Needless to say we have changed the basal rates and bolus levels. The prob now is my sugars seem to be dropping into the 50's more often. Will be sending results to doc tomorrow for the week to evaluate. He is trying to get insurance co to approve me for the continuous monitor sensor. Does anyone currently use this and what do you think about it? I don't mean to sound whiny, but I am so tired of having things stuck all over my body. I guess if it does the job it will be worth it.emoticon


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SHORTYGETFIT
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1/30/10 7:17 A

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Hi Sue,

LOL, I have that same fear to...it's going to fall into some sort of water, my biggest fear the toilet or the dish water (I tend to hide it in my bra). I also broke two of those plastic holders this week, yep both in one week. How did I have 2?

Already, I have had to replace my pump. One of my resivoirs did not behave and I ended up with insulin in the pump and a motor error. That has been my biggest dissapointment. But Medtronics is VERY responsive. I love their Customer Support team, haven't come across a better one (well, except for the one that I work for :)).

My experience has been all that Have a Litte Faith (sorry couldn't remember the exact spelling) said that it would be. Talk about a roller coaster ride! I experienced more lows when I first started than I had in the past 11 or so months prior.

I learned the hard way to keep an emergency tool kit (extra insulin and juice) with me at all times (yep, even in the bedroom) I had to ease to the kitchen on middle of the night feeling like a drunk. I thought that I was pretty settled, but I got 2 no delivery errors recently. Again I called customer service and emailed the local rep. and they were very responsive. It was just a frustrating experience, I want to be normal. I'm rattling now...so I will stop.

Well, after one more thing. My A1C was 6.3 at my last reading, my first since using the pump. I think I was at 7.6 prior. It was an exciting moment.emoticon I felt like I was fighting the good fight, finally lol.

" Sometimes God places people in your life who help and encourage you even when they don't know it"


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SHE5-22
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1/30/10 2:37 A

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I just found this pump group! YEAH! I am 52 and have been a diagnosed diabetic since 1993. I asked to go on insulin in 2003 because the pills made me sick and really did not work as well as I would have liked. I had been on insulin back in 1994 when I became pregnant then miscarried, Looking back I can see the progression of rising numbers. Insulin was a real blessing except for the weight gain. I felt better than I had in years and wondered why the doctors never asked my to start insulin. Well my HMO would never give me a pump till April 2009-HAPPY DAY!! Life became so much easier and the basil insulin 24/7 instead of Lantus, GREAT. It takes time and practice to learn how to make the pump work for you. You need to learn to program and re-program as your needs change. I have the MiniMed Paradigm 722. I LOVE it and my endo who got it for me!! I also really like the wireless meter, bolus wizard and my idiot reminder to check my blood 2 hours after eating. I used to set my cell phone to remind me. That did not work so well. I can also tell if I did my insulin or forgot as I had when using my pen. I have become a happier diabetic and hope to put more energy into regaining my physical fitness.
I stayed up late reading and responding to this topic. This will be good for me and I am happy to meet all of you.

Is any one afraid they might drop in in the toilet? One of my fears.

Sue



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SHORTYGETFIT
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12/24/09 7:16 A

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Thanks for that advice, it really helps. My friend just scolded me last night for not keeping some fast acting sugar at my bedside. I'm telling you if there was an 'it's complicated' status for diabetes management, I'd use it. I'm sure it doesn't help that I walked out on my follow up appointment yesterday because I was impatient and they wasted 90 minutes plus of my day -all that time and nope, I never saw anyone but a nurse. My pressure was up and I'm sure that's why along with some test of my friendship...another story completely. But today is a new day, I'm pressing forward. My blood sugar is 104 and I want breakfast, I'm at a driveable level -so I'm going out for breakfast! LOL

" Sometimes God places people in your life who help and encourage you even when they don't know it"


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HVALITTLEFAITH
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12/24/09 3:37 A

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Welcome Lee and good luck with your new minimed. I am on my third minimed pump as of Oct 28th. I would just make sure that you have some fast acting "sugar" with you for the next several weeks at ALL times. It will be a true roller coaster from what I remember. My Diabetic Educator told me that it was like detoxing. Yep detoxing from sugar/highs, and from what I remember all the detoxing fun that came along with it too (end of week two on the pump was the worst for me).

No real suggestions for your lows, as I aim for 75/80, but she just might be bring you down very slowly to start. Don't hesitate to call with questions or concerns, my educator got plenty of calls from me and she was most helpful and reassuring. I wish you the BEST! Here's to a life with only a few shots here and there!

One last thought, PLS have a back up plan for WHEN you pump stops working, for it will I can promise that. I never had a plan and last time it really bit me in the butt big time! So it has become my person mission to remind pump users to have a back up plan when the pump needs to be replaced and you are without your pump for up to 24hours. I now have long acting insulin avail to me 24/7 and or a rx.


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SHORTYGETFIT
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12/23/09 10:38 A

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Hello,

I'm Lee from Michigan. I just started using the minimed yesterday. Boy what a night, I woke up shaking about 1:00 a.m. with a 77 BS. I thought I was tired last night because it was an early and long day. I ate a snack and went up to 111, but I was back down to 74 this morning. I am struggling to get above 100 since the Nurse Practioner told me not to drive under 100. Anyone have any suggestions? I have to be out of here (home) in about an hour. I feel fine now, I was 89 at last check. I had orange juice and entered the carbs into the pump (so more insulin) but I ate some cookies too and did not add the carbs. I don't want to go too low. I am soooooooooooooooooo happy that I started this on a 4 day weekend.

" Sometimes God places people in your life who help and encourage you even when they don't know it"


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HVALITTLEFAITH
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12/12/09 11:35 P

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My name is Lisa, just got my 3rd Minimed pump last month and have been type one for 30+ years. Boy what was I thinking all those years avoiding the pump? Kinda silly when I think about those 6 shots a day... I am a slow learner I guess.

My greatest struggle with is with my weight, boy do I LOVE to eat (wish I really knew why though). I was taught differently then most in handling my diabetes so that has always given me that "freedom" (at least in my head that is) to do as I please food wise.

I have been battling this weight demon if you will since I was a very young child, thanks to a sister that I torchered and she paid me back with fat comments. Looking back at those photos now I want to slap both those children, lol! I was the perfect size as a child, sometimes too skinny but of course my sister was even thinner and still is to this day.

Boy that felt really good to spill my guts about possibly where it all began, just don't know how to undo or even where to begin to move past. I have been lurking for well over a year now and without any real progress. But today is good as any to start with at least this post.

Hope folks pop back over just to keep this group rolling.





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SINGLEMOMMO
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I too, wish to welcome you Kelly!!!

I have been on this particular pump for 6 months. I use the Omni-pod. I love the freedom I have with it even more than I did the traditional pump I was on before. The omnipod is tubeless and I don't have the issues I had with the tubes. Whatever pump one uses I think gives great freedom from injections and like Wilma said the schedules. I wish you luck and know that you will do great. Hop right in and let us know how it goes!!!!

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2NEEDLENOSES
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Welcome, Kelly!

I've had a pump since about 2000, so it's been a while since I went through the training. If I remember correctly, I was given the manual to read first and then had two days of training. It was somewhat scary and overwhelming at the very beginning, but you will adjust quickly. You will LOVE the freedom it gives you. No more eating at certain times. I think that is the best part for me. Even better than not having to take injections. Please keep us posted on how you're doing and what you think of it. I really have nothing negative to say about the pump. I did start gaining weight when I got the pump and still struggle with that. I can't be sure that pumping caused the weight gain. Menopause also hit at the same time. :)
GOOD LUCK!!
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KJOMORAN
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8/16/09 12:33 P

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Hello! I am 46 years old, type 1 diabetic for 32 years, and about to start on a pump. I am going to be using the Accu-Chek Spirit Pump and am really excited about getting started on it. Right now I am planning to begin my training on Thursday. How long does training generally take? I am hoping I can go home that day on the pump, but I am not sure if that is unrealistic or not. What are some of your experiences? I hope that I can get on this team site and find out how others are doing on the pump, and what kind of a difference it has made for them. I look forward to getting to know you all.

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Robin,
I can't believe I missed your long and detailed post until today! Shame on me! I have been busy, busy, with home renovations, painters, workmen, a short trip to the Smokey Mountains, etc. etc. But, I want to thank you for all the good info.

Thanks for thinking of me!

Wilma


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I-CAN-DO-IT-2
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Wilma, did you hear me talking about you with one of my favorite Medtronics help people today??? Do call and let them help you get more comfortable with your pump.

You are going to have to watch and figure when your ratios should change. First figure them out for whatever your definition of your normal life is (ie, no exercise, some, tons). I define my ratios as without intense exercise, but not none.

As for exercise, it is a *separate* on going *different* experiment. Between temp basals and occassionally changing my ratios I change it *then* as needed. Let me explain...

I started with just dropping my basal to 50% for my kill myself in the gym work out. Bottomed out. (works ok for a leisurely stroll on my treadmill tho...no, I actually go to 0 now for just that hour.)

(BTW, Read John Walsh's Pumping Insulin for more than you'd ever want to know, but lots of helpful stuff, but not now...He has a website, tons of info there... http://www.diabetesnet.com/diabetes_presentations/index.php )

Asked around, endo said try suspending it for exercise, ok, then temp basal = 0% for about an hour. Bottomed out.

Always make sure you bring and use your meter and food.

Then I found with only one hour of temp basal, I'd still need less insulin later, so I'd temporarily change my ratios from 11 to 12 for the rest of the day (and change them back the next day, unless I'd do it again). You really need to get comfortable USING the settings on your pump.

Currently, I set my temp basal to 0 for 3-4 hours!!! and I still usually need a snack before I am done and usually have eaten beforehand. Rarely no snack, usually 15gs, sometimes 30. I no longer reset my carb ratios with exercise; with this regime, I don't need to.

Ya just gotta watch, remember, and adjust as you go along. Don't get discouraged. If you look at it as a fun puzzle you can solve it.

Best,

Edited by: I-CAN-DO-IT-2 at: 6/5/2009 (01:48)
Robin

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Thanks, Robin.

You said: "(for me 9g/1u am, 11g/1 rest of the day)"

I don't think mine are set that precisely. I believe mine is set 12g/1u for the whole day, but I honestly haven't checked it since the doctor changed it. I need to do that. I liked your suggestion about contacting Mini med. I'm not quick at resetting things, but could if I refresh my memory using the instruction book.

I've been off my daily exercise routine for about 3 weeks (vacation, fell and hurt my arm, etc.) BUT, exercise was part of my argument with my diabetic nurse as to why I was not using the Wizard all the time. I told her that my Wizard does NOT know that I have just finished exercising for one hour and that I know BEST! ha ha Old habits are hard to break.

I appreciate your advice.

Thanks!

Wilma


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I-CAN-DO-IT-2
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PS Of course exercise effects it, but that is another discussion.

Robin

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Wilma,

No. It sounds to me that it is not set correctly. Mine is NEVER wrong and always takes my current BS into account. Just looked back, you have a minimed pump too.

I have told my pump what my gs of carbs to insulin are at various times (for me 9g/1u am, 11g/1 rest of the day) and that 1 unit lowers my BS 30 points (mg/dl).

If you know those numbers (and it sounds like you do and use them to calculate by hand), you can set your bolus wizard up to work correctly. I am willing to bet that your #s are *different* in your pump. I'd walk you through it, but if you know the above ratios and units, I would strongly recommend you call Medtronic and have them help you look at your current settings and then reset them correctly. Of course, that is ONLY if you are positive you know what you are doing and if your doctor won't choke you.

Please let me know what happens. Do you know how to look at your settings? How to change them? Your needed calculation factors and time ranges? (phew!)
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And you didn't ramble, I needed all that information you shared to reach this conclusion. :)

Edited by: I-CAN-DO-IT-2 at: 6/3/2009 (22:42)
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Hi Robin.
I read your post encouraging me to use my bolus wizard. I know it's supposed to be a help, but it CONSISTENTLY makes my BG drop too much. I always give it a chance to suggest how much insulin I should take, but if it seems unreasonable, I take the amount I have figured with a calculator or split the difference. Whenever I have decided to strictly go by the Wizard, I have not had good results. My doctor has adjusted it once, and it is some better (maybe). But, for instance, when my BG was 76 and I was planning to eat 30g, the Wizard said to take 2.4 units. That would have been the correct amount to cover the 30g., but it did not take into consideration that my BG (76) was already too low. I only took 1 unit instead and all was well. I would have bottomed out had I taken the suggested 2.4. Sorry if I rambled. I cannot trust it. Could it be defective?
Wilma




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6/1/09 8:07 A

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Congratulations. I know you'll feel alot better. I'm going to get the lady I work with to check out if we cover it. Hope everyone has a great week.

Sharon

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I'm really glad for you. You will feel (& be) a lot safer once you get started.

Happy, healthy...emoticon

Robin

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Hooray for your coverage. I think you will like it. It's not hard to get used to or use either. I'm excited for you. Denise


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Just got the paper work,as of June 1 they will cover it in diabetics with uncontrolled lows YEAH,never thought I would be happy to say that.Got an appt. with the endo on Monday will get everything started by then the the CDM appt is on the 17 so she will help get me set up.emoticon


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That would be great as we have several people where I work that needs really bad. I'm not having to many lows right now, too much STRESS!!!! But it will calm down soon I hope.

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It's really no big deal to wear two things on your body. I really don't even notice them at all. (although I'm not at a weight I could wear a bikini to the pool!!!) I hope you're able to get it soon. Denise


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Sharon my medtronic rep told me there is some talk about it maybe in June. I hope even if it means Ill have to wear 2 things on my body to not have to worry about lows all the time that would be great.


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I'm on BC and it doesn't cover it on my Insurance.

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I recently got the CGMS and I really like it. It's not always totally accurate, but at least close so it gives me a pretty good idea of where my BGL is. I got lucky and my insurance (Aetna) totally covered it and all of the supplies. (they cover 100% of my pump supplies too) Every year when we have options to change ins co I weigh in all of my supplies and it's just better for us to stay with Aetna. I hope you like it. Good luck.


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Rhonda, I began the appeal battle once, but we switched insurances (job change) and got coverage. I know I've read a lot about a major campaign to fight for coverage for the CGMS for all diabetics. I signed some online petition. DLife has guidelines for appeals "Managing Diabetes, Insurance, and Appeals" http://www.dlife.com/dLife/do/ShowContent/resources/consumer/diabetes-insurance.html . I'd suggest you Google insurance, appeals, continuous glucose monitoring system (and variations). Good luck and good health to you.

PS Do NOT calibrate your sensor when you are trending up or down or you will miscalibrate and get false alarms. And be aware, *occasionally* mine is off by up to 40 points, so check early.

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OK Hi everyone today I am going to the medtronic rep to set up my new RTS pump,Ive been pumping for 4 years and want the RTS but cant afford it and my insurance still doesnt cover it (blue cross)I know Tufts and Harvard do when is Bcross going to smarten up, I have an ambulance visit me at least once a month isnt that more expensive then c9vering my medical supplies.The DRs and I have letters going in in our insurance fight. Has anybody out there had any luck getting through to them.


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I figured it was a catch 22 situation. Thanks for your reply. Hope everyone has a great day. Raining here but that's ok as I'll knit on the back porch and watch the rain. Relaxing day to me.

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Hi back Sharon. emoticon

I do not swell. I assume that is because of your high blood pressure? I know the diuretic is to lessen the amount of water your body is holding, which I also assume is raising your blood pressure. As it is not my affliction, I confess my ignorance. Sorry.

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Thanks Neseks, and hello Robin.



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Welcome to Sharon and Robin. Hopefully you find lots in helpful info here to help in your journey with diabetes and a pump.


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Hi, my name is Sharon and I've been a diabetic since 1998 and been on the pump for a year. I'm also on Metformin 1000 mg twice a day. I am on Humulin R 500. I have high blood pressure and swell like a pig. I have a rash on my leg that they say is a form of dermititis caused by the diabetes. Itches like crazy. Do any of you guys swell real bad? I'm on 40mg of Lasix daily. I'm still learning about my pump. To be honest I haven't even read the book.
I'm a bad diabetic who is trying to learn to live right.

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Wilma, about your ultralink meter. I too have a Medtronic Paradigm pump (since June) tho mine is a 522 with the CGMS. The only thing different about this meter from an average one is that it can talk wirelessly to your pump if you enable and connect them. If you don't have a sensor, it really makes your life easier. As I usually use my sensor, I have disabled that feature. I thought that the older glucometer which came with the pumps did the same thing though. If you want to get walked through it, I have found the Medtronics 24 hour help folks to be worth their weight in *platinum!* They are very patient and will make sure you fully understand.

If the older one does the same thing and you are happy with it, I see no reason to switch. For the record, I love my Bayer contour meter, I HATE the one touch meters. I do not like their strips, they do not pull blood in quickly and reliably enough. My meter is so quick, rings to let me know it is ok, whereas the other one has half a strip full, starts measuring, and is incorrect (I've retested a full strip as well as against my Bayer meter.).

Also, I really encourage you to use your bolus wizard (unless you already are). It really makes your life much easier. I would imagine that the only reason for feeling hesitant is because you may not understand how it works. I used to do just those calculations by hand before I got my pump. Again, I encourage you to look at the manual for your pump (mine I have downloaded as a pdf, I bet yours is available too, or mine would work the same) and let the help people help you.

Best of health,
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Hi. Iím Robin.

Iím 55 and a very well controlled (I work very hard at it) Type II Diabetic with an insulin pump. I currently weigh 218 pounds, but really should weigh between 135 and 150. I've lost 40 pounds previously on my own with diet and exercise, but it is tough on your own (from 178 I returned to 220 when my parents were nonstop sick for a year and a half and my mom died).

I am hoping the sense of community here and all of the positive reinforcement (Spark Points!) will help me more easily to reach my own goals. Iím glad to be here.

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Cindy, I'm so glad your daughter Ashley is doing so well. That's a hard thing to go through at such a young age. I too have a Mom and just turned 17 year old who drive me around alot. i just found out that I need a hysterectomy so I will need to postpone my next eye surgery that was scheduled for 6/11. I'm waiting until after my oldest son's wedding on June 5th. If it's not one thing, then it's another, isn't it? I wish you well with everything going on in your life right now. Denise


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Thanks for the well wishes Denise. I do hope your left eye improves. And yes, I truly miss driving and the independence that driving brings, but oh well at least I have a mother who is willing to haul me around and a 16 year old daughter who is always more than willing to drive anywhere....

Ashley, my oldest and the one going through the divorce is doing remarkably well. She is getting back to being her old bubbly self again. She told me just the other day that she guessed that her husband had been pulling her down and she didn't even realize it.

I hope everyone is doing well and let me just say hi to any of the new members that I have not welcomed yet...I am really glad that you are here!!!!!!

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Cindy, I'm sorry to hear you have so much going on. (medically and with your daughter) My vision is bad in my rt eye and I really don't think it will improve. I've had multiple laser surgeries in each eye, before they each needed vitrectomies. I think my lt eye may come out ok once they remove the oil that's in it to heal, but I won't know for a while. I haven't driven since Oct and that's probably what I miss the most. I just want to be able to go to the store by myself, so I can take my time and browse. I feel like I always need to hurry since someone has to take me there. I really hope things go well for your daughter. That must be so hard as a Mom to watch her go through this pain. I'll keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.emoticonDenise


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Denise, How is the vision? I have had 2 Vitrectomies in my left eye. The last one, my dr said no guarantees. He said that my retina looked like a piece of wadded up paper. Well sure enough, it didn't work and there is no hope for that eye. I had laser surgery on my right eye 6 weeks ago and today he said that it looked good. The vision is poor in it, so I am on disability. The poor vision + diabetes + heart disease + I have knots in my hands caused by the diabetes that will eventually leave me with 2 fists + diabetic neuropathy. wow! Is that enough????

I hope things are going well for you and everyone on our little group!!!!

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Hi, My name is Denise and I've been diabetic for 18 years and on a pump for the last 6 years. I love the pump. I use a minimed paradigm 522 and a few weeks ago I got the blood glucose sensor that goes with my pump. I really like that also. It gives me a better idea of which way my BG reading is going. I'm having a hard time losing weight. I'm also dealing with hypothyroidism which sure doesn't help with weight loss. Oh well, at least I know I'm trying to get healthier even if it is really slow to see the results. I'm also dealing with diabetic retinopathy and have had vitrectomies in each eye. I'm off on medical leave because vision is bad and I can't drive while all of this is healing. Each eye now has oil in them to help with healing, but I will have to have another surgery in each eye to remove the oil once the retinas heal. (which is why vision is so blurry...it's like looking through an oily windshield) Sorry this is so long...just wanted to give a little background on me as a diabetic. I look forward to chatting with everyone. Denise


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Welcome Nancy. I am glad you are here with us. I am having some major family issues right now, but hope that all settles down soon and I can be more active on here then. In the mean time, just jump in and post on here. Feel free to start a new thread that fits whatever you want to talk about. After all this is your team too!

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HI NANCY! I posted a reply to your blog before I noticed you had posted here. Oops!

Great to have you on board!

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Hi. My name is Nancy and I've been a diabetic for many years. My diabetes was suspected about 21 years ago, but I had a doctor that didn't follow through to find out for sure. I switched doctors in January 2001 and was diagnosed a month later with type II diabetes.

I've been on an insulin pump for a year and a half now and I love the better control I am getting. Unfortunately, I gained a bunch of weight and am now trying to lose it and then some. My doctor and the pump rep told me I would lose weight on the pump, but that hasn't happened.

I am on the Minimed Paradigm 722 pump and it took a while to get it all adjusted to where I was keeping good levels, but it seems to be working great now. I wish I could do the continuous glucose monitoring but it is way too expensive even after insurance pays their part.

I'm a married mom of one 21 year old daugther and two older stepchildren (a boy and girl). I work at home and am also in school, so I keep very busy. I live in Florida and also have a medical condition called lymphedema, another condition that makes it extremely hard to lose weight. So I have obstacles to losing weight, but up for the challenge.

Hope to get to know you all soon.
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Welcome Tara, I am so sorry that I have been unable to be on here lately. My daughter who is 20 is going through a difficult time right now and has really needed me. She and her husband are going through a divorce, which is bad enough, but she was to start a new job in the next week or so and tonight her boss let her go. Nothing like being kicked when you are already down so far you can't see how to get up.

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GOOD TO HAVE YOU JOIN US, TARA!! We've been rather quiet lately. I think ALL of us are going through some trying times right now. IT'S ALMOST SPRING HERE! (I don't know anything about the seasons in Australia.) It's been a long winter for us in the states. Hope you'll become an active member. Don't be a stranger!


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Hi everyone (all 6 of you!), My name is Tara and I am 24 years old... I'm from Melbourne, Australia and I have had diabetes for almost 4 years now... I too was diagnosed a couple of weeks after my 21st birthday...

They thought I had Type 2 diabetes at first, but after 3 weeks they came to realise that I was actually Type 1 because I went DKA due to having no insulin in my system and them telling to to exercise everyday just made it worse! Once they got the fact that I was Type 1 sorted out it was MUCH better, as you can imagine...

I have been on the pump for almost 2 years now and am absolutely loving it (although I of course have days when I feel a very strong pull to get as far away from it as possible!)... I use a medtronic minimed paradigm and was also lucky enough last year to do a research trial for the continuous blood glucose monitoring, which was great! But also much too expensive for me to do without the research people paying for it...

Anyway, just wanted to drop in and say Hi emoticon... it is great to find a team of pumping diabetics on here to share this journey with emoticon


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My older pump didn't have that feature, but the omnipod does, so I am sure that I will in the very near future.

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Cindy,
I've been diabetic for 37 years. BUT, I was 21 when diagnosed. I'm sure it was harder - for both you AND your mom - being only 6. I'm sure it's just second nature to you now...although still not fun.

Jen,
I too have gained weight on the pump, although my doctor thought I would be able to LOSE with the pump because I shouldn't have so many "lows" and have to compensate by eating. They've had a hard time trying to convince me to use my bolus wizard, but I'm trying to do that now.

Do you (and Cindy) use the wizard much?

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emoticon Jennifer! I am so glad that you found us. I am here for you with anything. If I don't know the answer, I will try my best to find it for you. I am not a health care specialist, but I have been living with this "fun" disease for almost 38 years now. I have had my ups and downs. I am here to help support you.

Wilma, Thanks so much for those kind words. We are trying!

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Jennifer,

DUH, YOU'RE the newest member. ha ha I've had a long day!

Where ya from?

Goodnight (before I make any more dumb mistakes.)

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Hi Jennifer and welcome aboard. I'm the NEWEST member and I haven't contributed much. Cindy and Sandy are really motivated and are extremely supportive and helpful. It's going to be a great team. We'll all work together!

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Hi! My name is Jennifer and I have been pumping since last june. I was controlling my type 2 with meds till after my son was born. then i had lots of trouble getting it back to where it should be so I got on the pump. LOVE IT!! I have though gained more wieght since being on it so i am trying to do what I can to lose it. REally need some help with a buddy system to help me do this. Thanks for listening and talk to you soon

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I don't know the total cost, but it is going to ost me around $350.00. My insurance only pays 80% for pumps and supplies and then it will be about $150.00 every 3 months. I should be able to handle that!

I know what you mean about this team. I was really hoping we would get some more members by now. Oh well I am just glad that you are here!

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Cindy,

I watched the youtube video of the guy showing how to install the omnipod. It looks great! I know you must be excited!

How expensive is it? I have really good insurance, but still had to pay about $1,000.00 of the total $5,000.00 cost of the Minimed. But, I made monthly payments with no interest. I was working at the time, so it was not a real problem. I'm now retired and money is a bit tighter.

PLEASE be sure to post and let us know how the training goes!! I might mention it to my Dr. on the 25th of this month. Knowing him, he'll say, "YOU HAVEN'T EVEN TRIED YOUR "LINK" YET! ha ha In my experience, Endocrinologists are NOT jolly people. ha ha

I did better at exercise class this morning. (But I only did one hour of Corelates.) My BG was 124 AFTEWARDS! :)

Wilma
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The first time I used a pump back in 89 I was on a minimed pump, I started getting staff infection which my dr thought was caused by an allergic reaction to the adhesive they used. So, I went off of it for several years and then went with the Deltec Cozmo one which I just went off of because of similar problems.

The OmniPod is the newest thing out there as of right now. It is completely tubeless, so I won't have the issues of getting up in the middle of the night and dropping the pump and having it come disconnected. The part of the pump that controls everything is in this separate PDA looking device, so I think you can even swim with it. If you would like to see it just do a google search for Omni Pod. It is quite interesting.

Well I got to go for now. Have a great day!!!

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3/17/09 7:47 A

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HA HA I PLAN to do that. My doctor is going to have a fit that I'm still not using it. I got it in the mail right when my husband and I were leaving for a trip to Maine and I just didn't have time to study. Got back form the trip and got the new dog, which took (and still takes) tons of working with. I honestly just forgot that it was under the bed until I was digging around under there in my Minimed receipt box for income tax purposes. We FINALLY go to the darn CPA today and will get that out of the way. :) What pump were/are you using...before the Omnipod?


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3/16/09 11:19 P

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Wilma, I haven't used the ultralink. Get that thing out of the box and let me know what you think of it. emoticon

My mom (Sandy) is one of those lucky people who doesn't have the disease. she is here to support and encourage us!

Cindy

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3/14/09 12:30 P

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Cindy,
I'm not sure what an omnipod is....BUT I'M GLAD YOU GOT ONE!

I've still got a Paradigm 515 pump from MiniMed. I do have a new Wireless one touch "UltraLink" meter (still in the box under the bed since October). Have you or Sandy used this? I like to have total control of my boluses....but I'm sure I will have that option with the ultralink, if I'd just study the materials.
Wilma


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Hi Wilma, so glad that you found us too! I am glad that you figured out the page and I am going to visit it as soon as I post this message. I just wanted to welcome you again and I hope that we can be a support to each other.

Cindy

PS. I got my omnipod today!emoticon

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3/13/09 8:08 P

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Hi Sandy. I think I figured out the profile page and put some stuff in it. Good to hear from you. I WILL write more another day. THINGS ARE CRAZY RIGHT NOW....getting ready for stepdaughter's wedding. It's not until April, but she just keeps finding things for us to do.

Glad I found this group. At least it's not hard to keep the members straight, with only 3 of us. HA

Bye for now.

Wilma


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Hi there Wilma. It's good to see your post.
You did it just right and I will let Cindy come in and explain how to do the profile.

She helps me with all of this stuff and I wouldn't even attempt to try and explain cause I would confuse you most likely.

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3/12/09 6:11 P

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Hi Cindy and Sandy.

I'm 58 and live in Kentucky. I started pumping the end of 2000. (I can't believe it's been that long!!)

Let me stop here and post to see if I'm doing this right. I don't want to type my life story and find I'm doing something wrong! Cindy said I need to fill out my "page"...which I assume means my profile? I'm not sure how I get to that now. Help, please.

Wilma
(P.S. - The 2Needlenoses is because I have two rescued Greyhounds, which are called needlenoses - for obvious reasons.)


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Good Morning everyone.

Cindy have you gotten all your info. on your new pump?
I am sure hoping it all works out for you.

Good Morning 2NEEDLENOSES. Please tell us your name. It will be easier to remember than this. lol
Sometimes my brain is in a frozen mode. lol

Sandy


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Hi, my name is Cindy and I live in Missouri.

I started this team because, I have been on an insulin pump for the past 5-6 years and all of a sudden have started having problems with staff infections and lots of high blood sugars. There didn't seem to be a group for pump users, so I thought I would start one!

My dr. is switching me to the OmniPod. I am really excited about this pump. I just hope it is as good as I think it is.

I am a divorced mother of 2 daughters. My oldest is married and lives about 30 minutes from me and my youngest is still young enough to live with me.


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